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    Default back aches - how to strengthen back muscles

    I am about 9 weeks post-partum and my back is constantly hurting me. I think it has to do with the fact that DD is now almost 40 lbs and me being 5' 2", picking her up sometimes is now too much for my back. I notice it when I have to put her in a shopping cart or put her on a swing. I overarch my back, I think, and this result in pain in my lower back.

    Right now I am trying to work on my ab core muscles, but is there something I can do to strengthen my lower back?

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    Planks are a great way to stabilize your low back and strengthen your core.
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    Pilates?
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    I have been having the same problem since I had DD2. I go to the Y and they have a machine in the circuit that targets your lower back, mine feels 10 times better after I use it! I use the upper back one too and man does it loosen me up! Love it!
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    Superman. Lie on your belly with arms out in front. Raise your arms, head, shoulders and your legs. Lower and repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doulamom View Post
    Superman. Lie on your belly with arms out in front. Raise your arms, head, shoulders and your legs. Lower and repeat.
    Going to suggest the same thing.
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    I would definitely do what they`ve said.. different pilates and yoga postures for the back, but honestly, i think its more the core that needs focus. You said you`re working it which is great..but after a baby when our cores are out of shape, our back tends to do all the work. suprisingly, kegels will help a lot too, as they work the inner lower most ad muscles at the same time.
    And use your legs not your back! to lift. squat down, lift lo, and then stand up. you`ll engage more of your core that way and take the strain off your lower back.

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